5 Reasons You Should Consider The Hula Hoop Workout

//5 Reasons You Should Consider The Hula Hoop Workout

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I recently went to mu first beachside hoop jam in Thailand. I think its safe to say that I’ve embraced my inner hippie. What’s not to want to embrace? The sea breeze in your hair, funky beats playing in the background as you hula hoop with joy! Besides being a good laugh, its also a great workout. Its easy to get caught in the idea that exercise needs to be hard conjuring up phrases like “Feel the buuuurn!”, “No pain, no gain”, but that’s simply not true. I think its an extension of how hard we like to be on ourselves in all areas of our lives. But this isn’t to say that hula hooping is easy. Actually, it took me a while to get into the swing of being able to keep it up and the smaller the hoop is, the faster you’ve gotta move those hips! Beyond the basics, for those who’ve mastered them, there are a ton of cool tricks you can use to keep on challenging yourself (see video below). So, for anyone who thinks this is just child’s play, here are five ways that hula hooping makes for an awesome workout. Plus, what’s so bad about child’s play?

1. Its a Core Workout

Hula hooping is all about moving those abs. One problem some of us newbies were having at the hoop jam was not engaging them enough – once you realize how to contract and relax them in rhythm, you’re golden. It also targets a number of core muscles as you use a whole range of motion; there is the tightening of your rectus abdominus as well as the usage of many peripheral core muscles as you twist and circle.

Gearing up for the hoop jam, koh phangan

Gearing up for the hoop jam, koh phangan

2. Loosen Up That Pelvis

We, in North American, tend have tight abdominals. That’s where we hold our tension. Not necessarily strong abs but middles that are full stress and stiffness. I feel this stagnation when I do stomach massage – and when this area is released, often its a release of gas or the urge to empty the bowels. We sometimes to tummy massage during facials because so many skin problems are related to our digestion and elimination. Hula hooping is a wonderful way to create some stimulation and looseness in the stomach and pelvis. And, I imagine that encouraging circulation to our digestive and reproductive organs has a plethora of health benefits.

3. Cardio and Coordination

Hula hooping increases your overall heart rate – and with low (actually no) impact. This gentle exercise also challenges you to really feel your body and focus on coordination. One thing I found was that you really need to be coordinate how body pushes against the hoop. So you get a great cardiovascular workout that focus on body awareness.

Michelle Obama knows where its at

Michelle Obama knows where its at

4. Spine Strengthening

Beyond ab strengthening, there is also engagement of the spinal muscles to steady yourself and maintain balance. I found that I could feel this most pronounced when I started to hula hoop while walking or turning in a circle.

5. Exuberant Exercise

When you picture someone hula hooping, you always can see their smiling face. Have you ever seen a scowling hula hooper? I doubt it because its a joyful experience! That’s so different to how I look when I’m lifting weights or running on a treadmill. No, complicated or expensive machines – just a simple plastic ring. And, Unlike conventional gym equipment, that have me counting down the seconds before I can put myself out of my misery, hula hooping feels easy and fun so its a workout you can look forward to…and that’s half the battle.

2017-05-01T16:38:35-04:00 By |Circulation|0 Comments

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